The List: Rejected new names for the Toronto Raptors

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The new Drake-led Raptors are keeping their name. That's probably for the best.

The new-look Toronto Raptors have Drake as a spokesperson and will soon be hosting an All-Star Game. Rumors were swirling that the team was going to rebrand themselves with a new team name, a la the Pelicans. Now it appears as though the Raptors will remain the Raptors.

This is probably a good thing, because we never want the 90s to end. Also of note: when the expansion team first earned its name, "The T-Rex" finished third in the vote.

With all this in mind, Bill Hanstock and David Roth imagined some of these voted-down new names, many of which are in the 1990s vein. (The Toronto Vein just missed making the cut.)

1. Toronto Urge
2. Toronto Cleanliness
3. The Nutty Professors
4. Toronto Nothing Was The Sames
5. The Passive-Aggressive Drunk Texts
6. The "Rachel"
7. Manchester United
8. The Hypercolor
9. The Ultrasonics
10.  The Toronto Thrust
11. The Toronto Rambling Thrillers That Bring Together Off-Kilter And Occasionally Comical Criminals In Unexpected Ways And I Suppose Could Be Said To Display A Tarantino Influence
12. The Whitney Project

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